Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick
Sermon Title: "Trading Places"
Scripture Reading: Luke 16:19-31
HEAVEN MOBILE: Blue poster board with blue yarn hanging from a blue hanger if possible. Make 3 round blue poster board circles and let children glue cotton balls on it and make a mobile to remind them of heaven where Lazarus went! Additional blue circles could be added to the "mobile" for words about HEAVEN, ANGELS, etc.
POPSICLE STICK PEOPLE: Use purple cloth or felt for a stick puppet to represent the rich man and "burlap-type" or brown felt material for Lazarus. Use a little white styrofoam ball for the head and decorate. Children can review the story with their stick puppets.
DRESS UP BAG RELAY: Fill one paper bag with dressy clothes and one bag will be filled with poor man clothes. Children can form teams and have a relay to dress up like the rich man and Lazarus. If time permits, teams can switch bags and play again! Discussion about our lesson today! Make sure each bag has similar items and the same number of items.
TRADING PLACES: This game can be played like musical chairs. Half the children can be named the RICH MAN and the other half can be named LAZARUS. When the music stops, the teacher will shout out either RICH MAN or LAZARUS and only those will quickly get up and trade places. To make it fun toward the end, the teacher could shout out both names and all the children will get up and trade places.
TWO HEARTS: Each child can decorate two large hearts and write, trace or glue a sign on each of them: UNFAILING LOVE and MY HEART REJOICES IN SALVATION. Hearts can be hung from each other, by string or yarn to hang in the classroom or at home.
HEAVEN CLOUDS: For younger children - Children can glue some cotton to a paper plate that they have lightly colored with blue crayon. Words can be written: I WANT TO BE IN HEAVEN WITH JESUS and write their name on the plate.
Song: "Rock-a My Soul" - Traditional Spiritual
|About Carol Williams|
|Carol and her husband have been in the ministry for 32 years. They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 13 years in Indiana. Carol loves to work with children so you will find her teaching in Junior Church and children's Sunday School. She also has clowning ministry in which she is known as Bubbles tc (the clown).|
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